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Kenison TC, Badenhop B, Safo S. Unlocking HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Delivery: Examining the Role of HIV Providers in Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Care. AIDS Patient Care and Stds. 2020 Jun 1; 34(6):251-258.
Despite being a promising prevention strategy for populations at risk for HIV acquisition, there has not been rapid uptake of HIV antiretroviral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Yet, HIV clinics within the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City have successfully incorporated PrEP. HIV care providers ( = 18), who practice in these clinics and were early PrEP adopters, participated in a survey and semistructured interview. Qualitative thematic analysis revealed that barriers and facilitators to PrEP uptake were identified on multiple levels from broader systemic to provider-and-patient-level concerns. The following themes were identified: (1) to reach a greater proportion of patients at risk for HIV and address racial/ethnic and gender disparities, PrEP should be available in a variety of settings and provided by different types of providers within proximity to affected populations; (2) financial support is needed beyond addressing medication cost; and (3) multidisciplinary teams and population-specific clinic protocols can assist providers in conducting high-quality visits and addressing these barriers to PrEP.